Episode #683

News Items

  • Hothouse Tipping Point
  • Proteins with Novel Amino Acids
  • Weird Rogue Planet
  • Spare the Rod
      • Interview with Sean Carroll

          • https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Fiction

              Researchers find that after the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, attitudes toward use became more accepting, tracking with an increase in recreational use. http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2018/August/In-PA-Youths-More-Tolerant-of-Marijuana/

            • Item #2 Science

              Astronomers find that Ganymede’s internal magnetic field increases the intensity of low frequency radio waves generated by Jupiter’s magnetic field by a factor of one million. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05431-x

            • Item #3 Science

              A new study finds that immigrants not only use less health care per capita than native born, they may subsidize health care costs. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/400920-study-immigrants-have-lower-health-care-costs-than-people-born-in-us

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘The true-believer syndrome merits study by science. What is it that compels a person, past all reason, to believe the unbelievable. How can an otherwise sane individual become so enamored of a fantasy, an imposture, that even after it’s exposed in the bright light of day he still clings to it — indeed, clings to it all the harder?… No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie.’ — M. Lamar Keene and Allen Spraggett